The Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established in 1925, making it the second oldest theater department in the country. It counts among its graduates many alumni distinguished in the world of theatre and beyond.

For undergraduates, the department offers a comprehensive degree in Dramatic Art; it also offers minors in Dramaturgy, Theatrical Design, and Theatre Production, as well as Writing for the Screen and Stage. The department also offers a variety of courses for interested non-majors.

The graduate section of the department is comprised of three highly competitive M.F.A. programs in Acting, Costume Production, and Technical Production.

The department is also the home of PlayMakers Repertory Company (PRC), a professional (LORT/AEA) theatre named in 2003 by the Drama League of New York as one of the fifty best regional theatres in the country. Each of the department’s programs are supplemented and enhanced by interaction with PlayMakers artists.

Values & Diversity


We in the theatre are in a position to think deeply about, and respond creatively to, a broad spectrum of societal issues. It is our obligation to inhabit empathetically states of being and perspectives other than our own. The Department of Dramatic Art is committed to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and guest artists.

As a Department we will not tolerate racist, sexist or any other discriminatory actions. Theatre is a communal endeavor and we will continue to support our community of students, faculty, staff, and guest artists and their irrefutable right to study, live, work, and create free of any form of fear, aggression or intimidation. In doing so we emphatically and unequivocally endorse the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s policy statement on non-discrimination.

Professors & Staff

Department of Dramatic Art faculty represent the full arc of educational experiences and professional standards. Teaching artists from PlayMakers Repertory Company also serve as faculty.

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The Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, with its excellent educational and artistic facilities, serves as a teaching theatre where students interact and collaborate with each other, the faculty and resident company members to create world-class educational and theatrical experiences.

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Contact Us

Reach out to us with general inquiries and find department contact information.

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Opportunities for UNC student work-study, faculty and staff positions in the department and PlayMakers Repertory Company.

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